Tattoo Removal


Answers to frequently asked questions

about Laser Tattoo Removal

How many treatments will I need?

The number of laser tattoo removal treatments needed is unique for every person and tattoo and depends on a variety of factors. However, most people require a minimum of 5 to 10 treatments for complete removal and less for fading/lightening treatments. Tropical Sunset Laser & Esthetics uses a variety of factors to best determine how many treatments you will need, including:


  • Age of tattoo
  • Location of tattoo
  • Ink colors
  • Ink density
  • Skin type
  • Type of tattoo (amateur vs. professional)
  • Pre-existing scarring
  • Patient health
Is laser tattoo removal safe? Are there any side effects?

Laser tattoo removal is the safest method for removing unwanted ink. Our Fort Myers practice uses custom protocols to ensure the safest application and treatment is applied for your unique tattoo and skin type. We use the FDA-approved Astanza Trinity laser to safely penetrate through the epidermis and target ink particles in the dermis layer while leaving the surrounding skin tissue unharmed.

The only side effects you may potentially experience are temporary redness, itchiness, scabbing, blistering, swelling, and hypo- or hyperpigmentation. These side effects are temporary reactions that indicate your immune system is removing the shattered ink. With proper aftercare, your skin will heal over the weeks following each treatment.

Is the laser painful? How long do treatments last?

Laser tattoo removal is often compared to a rubber band snapping against the skin. Clients with a lower pain tolerance have said it feels like getting a tattoo applied. Luckily, laser tattoo removal treatments are extremely quick and more tolerable than tattoo application.

Treatments last 15 or fewer minutes depending on the size of the tattoo being treated. Tropical Sunset Laser & Esthetics uses the Zimmer Cryo 6 cooling machine to reduce pain and maximize patient comfort. This noninvasive technology numbs the skin using freezing cold air and alleviates the treatment area before, during, and after a session. Read more about this leading skin numbing system on our Technology page.

How much does laser tattoo removal cost?

Tropical Sunset Laser & Esthetics offers free consultations and affordable pricing per treatment based on the size of your tattoo. We also offer treatment packages and discounts to help you bundle and save. Our Astanza Trinity laser is designed to eliminate more ink in fewer treatment sessions, saving you time and money while achieving great results.

How long does it take to completely remove my tattoo?

To calculate when your tattoo will reach complete removal, multiply the number of treatments your unique tattoo is assigned by the 6 to 8 week healing period between laser sessions. The rate at which your tattoo fades is also entirely dependent on your immune system. Some clients may see completed results in a shorter time frame because their immune system is in better shape than others. For faster results, Tropical Sunset Laser & Esthetics recommends drinking plenty of water, exercise regularly, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle to boost your immune system and results.

Can you fade my tattoo for a cover-up?

Yes! Cover-up tattoos are a popular option for customers with tattoo regret. However, covering a tattoo can be difficult when the existing artwork is large or has a lot of dense, black ink. Tropical Sunset Laser & Esthetics offers laser tattoo removal fading to lighten existing tattoos and make cover-up tattoo application easier for your tattoo artist.

In fact, many tattoo artists recommend laser tattoo removal to cover-up clients so they can incorporate more elements, colors, and shading into a cover-up tattoo. In addition to tattoo fading, Tropical Sunset Laser & Esthetics can also selectively remove a part of your tattoo, such as a name or unwanted script, while leaving the surrounding tattoo unharmed.